Gift Officer

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$64-70k (annually)


Full time


Aug 28

Does This Sound Like You?

Are you an experienced fundraising professional with a passion for the arts? Are you looking for an opportunity to transform an organization through extraordinary donation and engagement results? Do you want to work for an internationally recognized orchestra? Consider a career as a Gift Officer with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This is a full-time, hybrid position based out of our office located in the Cultural District, downtown Pittsburgh.

Job Purpose

The Gift Officer will play a key role in the PSO’s Development Team by helping to grow the pipeline of Major Gift support. The Orchestra is in the midst of dramatically regenerating and growing its fundraising efforts as it embarks on the initial phase of a major campaign, with a primary focus on individual giving.  The Gift Officer will be a highly motivated individual with a fundraising background that includes demonstrated experience building strong donor relationships and securing a range of gifts. This position will manage a portfolio composed of current donors and major gift prospects. The Gift Officer will be responsible for qualifying potential major donors with the goal of impacting the pace and effectiveness of the PSO’s initiative to move mid-level donors to major gift status and move major donors to multi-year commitments and eventual planned giving support. The Gift Officer will become a recognizable and passionate advocate for the PSO throughout the community.

Development Responsibilities

  • Leverage moves management strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects to grow support across all levels of individual gifts. The primary focus will be on donors with the capabilities of giving $5,000 per year.
  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 150-200 major gifts prospects and donors able to give a minimum Annual Fund gift of $1,750+ with a focus on increasing value of gifts over time. This includes 3-5 meaningful “moves” per week with portfolio totaling at least 200 “moves” per year. 
  • Develop and execute a robust discovery program in partnership with the Research and Stewardship Coordinator
  • Develop and execute cultivation plans for major gift prospects including: creating opportunities to meet with administrative staff, musicians, and volunteer leadership.
  • Manage the solicitation of a Maintenance portfolio of major donors that require minimal touch points, but a direct contact with a gift officer. This includes bi-monthly communications with the portfolio and direct mail solicitations.
  • Attend and assist with development-related events and concerts throughout the year including evenings and weekends.
  • This document is a summary of the typical functions of the job not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.

Required Education, Experience and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with at least five years of professional fundraising and relationship management experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Track record of securing Major Gifts and blended gifts
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and collaboratively with all types of people.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, particularly weekends and evenings.
  • Must have access to transportation for travel to meetings and appointments.

Preferred Education, Experience and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience in a performing arts organization
  • Familiarity and proficiency in Tessitura

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate related equipment, i.e., computer, copier, scanner.


This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary range between $64,000 - $70,000 depending upon experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes paid holidays, paid time off, health benefits, as well as retirement savings options.

Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc. (PSI) provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other class or category protected by local, state, or federal law.

The specific statements shown in each section of the description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully.

The PSI recognizes that an individual with a disability may require a job modification/ accommodation to enable them to successfully perform a job function. Consideration will be given to such requests. Such requests should be directed to Human Resources.

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